Hundreds of thousands of Virginians participate in statewide tornado drill Tuesday

FILE - A tornado forms and touches down north of Soloman, Kan., Saturday, in this April 14, 2012 file photo. | AP Photo

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — If you hear a tornado warning Tuesday on television or the radio, don’t be alarmed; it’s for a statewide tornado drill.

Hundreds of businesses, organizations, schools and families participated in the drill.

When the warning is sounded, officials don’t want you to ignore it. That alarm means to take cover. Remember, safe areas are basements and interior rooms away from windows like bathrooms, closets or hallways. If you find yourself outside, try to get to a sturdy building or find a low-lying ditch to take shelter.

12 tornadoes hit Virginia last year, causing more than $700,000 in property damage.

Meanwhile, Louisa County Schools are teaming up with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week to prepare for severe spring weather. In their new school, students are learning how to make emergency plans along with other safety skills, such as identifying a funnel cloud.

Four years ago, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed two schools in the county.

It only takes one to cause severe damage or death. So, if you don’t have an action plan in place right now, today is the perfect time to get one, find out where it’s safe to take shelter and practice a plan.

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